Off Book Acting:
An Attitude of Play

LA Acting Class with the Power of Play!

 

Shift Your Focus

Get Out of Your Head & Play!

 

Freedom In The Frame

Use Unscripted Tools & Skills to Play More In Front of the Camera!

 

Off Book: Online Classes

Audition and Self Tape Classes Now in Session!

 

Off Book Acting:
An Attitude of Play

LA Acting Class with the Power of Play!

 

Shift Your Focus

Get Out of Your Head & Play!

 

Freedom In The Frame

Use Unscripted Tools and Skills to Play More In Front of the Camera!

 

Off Book: Online Classes

Audition and Self Tape Classes Now in Session!

Listen &

Play

Will Doughty, founder of Off Book Acting, is on a mission:

Bring actors more Play!

From the First Time you Pick up a Script – To your Last Take on Set. 

Off Book Acting bridges the gap between the “work” of preparation and the “play” in a performance. Improvisation tools & skills are applied to the script, resulting in an exciting and genuine performance take after take. Learn how to master two skills: Listen & Play.

A Acting Class

Listen &

Play

Will Doughty, founder of Off Book Acting, is on a mission:LA Acting Class

Bring actors more Play!

From the First Time you Pick up a Script – To your Last Take on Set. 

Off Book Acting bridges the gap between the “work” of preparation and “play” in a performance. Improvisation tools & skills are applied to the script, resulting in an exciting and genuine performance take after take. Learn how to master two skills: Listen & Play.

“Get out of your head, into your space,
and await the invisible stranger.”

– Viola Spolin

BIO

Will Doughty brings passion and vision to his work that inspires actors to play with their creative process.

Hi, have we met?

I‘m Will Doughty, founder and creator of Off Book Acting and the Story First System. I am a teacher and a coach here for actors who are seeking a streamlined, consistent and freedom-driven acting process.

Throughout my 20+ years in the entertainment industry, I always felt like something was missing from my acting classes. There was a clear gap between the technique of acting and the joy of performance. I found myself getting stuck in that gap, because most classes would keep me in my head and overthinking my performance. I felt bound by my preparation which stopped my spontaneity and freedom. Improvisation was the only way to bring the joy back to my acting process. But improv does not solve all the problems when I have a script in my hand.

My pursuit as an acting teacher has been to create a class that I would want to take: one that bridges the gap between preparation and performance. Enter, Off Book Acting!

What I now teach and coach to other actors initially began as a transformational solution to my own acting problem. I learned how to give myself permission to explore and experiment with my audition preparation by improvising rehearsal “takes” before I memorized my lines and walked into auditions. This has led me to book work on NBC, Comedy Central, Showtime and in feature films as well as over a dozen national commercials.

The Story First System is just one slice of my methodology as a teacher. Over the past 10 years, I have taken the tools and skills of improvisation and adapted them to reading a script in order to help actors have standout, dynamic performances take after take.

Welcome to Off Book Acting and Story First!

OBA Students Past & Present

“Will Doughty is, quite simply, a great teacher and so much fun. He has found a way to help actors apply all the freedom and creativity in improvisation toward written material. It is the perfect marriage of text and imagination. Not only do I recommend it without hesitation, I also would happily work with him every day.”

-Kathe Mazur(Major Crimes, The Closer)

"Will Doughty’s OFF BOOK Workshop has been an inspiration both for me and my students. It combines the freedom and spontaneity of improv with detailed text work. Will is an amazing teacher - generous, wise, fun, and challenging in the best way. Every actor of all levels will get an enormous boost to their work from this class."

- James Eckhouse(Beverly Hills 90210, The Avengers, Code Black)

"Will's instruction teaches the most useful, and bookable, of all actor skill sets--Presence, Adaptability, and a sense of Play! I have found myself to be more Present, Grounded, and to Live in the world of the script! This has allowed me to stay loose and available on set... And in multiple occasions, has directly led me to being Re-Hired!! I cannot recommend him enough. "

- David Meadows(Imperium, House of Cards, Captain Phillips)

“I’ve never met a teacher that can bring out the Play in an actor like Will Doughty. He’s a Contagious Goof & Encourages All the Fun. This gives YOU the confidence to work in a way that other classes just can’t offer! He brings you off the page and into what matters: The Relationship. Then he gets you to dig deep into an Exciting and Specific Performance. Thanks to Will, I look at a Script, Get what I Need, then PLAY Wildly - can’t recommend enough!”

- Tessa RaeWriter/Actor, Casting Assistant (Masters of Sex)

"Will Doughty has brought his gifts and teaching skills with OFF BOOK to The Collaborative on quite a few occasions. He continues to be one of our most popular teachers. Our members respond so enthusiastically to his approach & his passion. For actors at any point in their career, this workshop has tremendous benefits and is sure to help their work feel more spontaneous, free and creative. We are so grateful to have him as part of our community!"

- Alexa AlemanniPresident of The Collaborative (FKA Reel Pros)

The Classes

Thursday Day 4 week audition series

Thursdays 11am PST – 1pmPST

Type of Class: Audition workout 4 week series: Ongoing Online

Cost $180/month

About the class:
Get a “Real World Experience” with live zoom simulated auditions.

Plus shoot & upload mock self tape auditions.

  • Bring a genuine humanity to every role via Zoom & Self Tape auditions
  • Work with other actors from class Virtually
  • Bridge the gap between preparation and performance.

**Online and At-Home class work is required for this class. Actors must have access to The Internet, a Computer/Laptop and a Smartphone.

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Tuesday Night 4 week audition series

Tuesdays 7pm PST – 9pm PST

Type of Class: 4 week audition workout series: ongoing and online

Cost $180/month

About this class:

On Camera/Zoom and Self Tape audition preparation

  • Cold-reads
  • Prepared Scenes
  • Auditions

 Every aspect. Every Month. All Actors work in every class! 

Learn how to connect through the lens and present a dynamic performance in every style of audition situation.

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I am here for you.

Get private Audition and Self Tape coaching with Will Doughty.

One on One. Online or at his In-Home Studio.

By appointment only: $100/hr

Story First:

6 week Intensive

Mondays 6pm PST – 8pm PST 

August 16th – September 27th (no class Sept. 6th) 2021

Type of Class: 6 Week Limited Series: Online

Cost $325

About the Class: 

A step-by-step process for reading any script & creating a believable performance take after take

What you will learn:

  • How to use All the Parts of the Script: In your acting
  • The Writer’s Intent: Why this scene is in the script
  • Value of the Role: Why you are important to the story
  • The 5 movements of the scene: Streamline your process
  • How to find and make fact based choices: Nailing the action of the scene

Master this skill so you can Play More, (and book more work!)

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